What does elegant mean?

Definitions for elegant
ˈɛl ɪ gəntel·e·gant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elegantadjective

    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

    "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"

  2. elegant, graceful, refinedadjective

    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

  3. elegantadjective

    displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

    "an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"

Wiktionary

  1. elegantadjective

    Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.

    Etymology: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

  2. elegantadjective

    Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.

    an elegant solution

    Etymology: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elegantadjective

    very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure

  2. Elegantadjective

    exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elegant

    el′e-gant, adj. pleasing to good taste: graceful: neat: refined: nice: richly ornamental.—ns. El′egance, El′egancy, the state or quality of being elegant: the beauty of propriety: refinement: that which is elegant; Elegante (el-e-gangt′), a lady of fashion.—adv. El′egantly. [Fr.,—L. elegans, -antise, out, and root of legĕre, to choose.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. elegant

    [common; from mathematical usage] Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than ‘clever’, ‘winning’, or even cuspy.The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, probably best known for his classic children's book The Little Prince, was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4769

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Adjectives Frequency: #660

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of elegant in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Many of us are like Lotus flower that grows in the mud, and yet rises above the murkier muddy waters as an astoundingly beautiful flower, opening her petals one by one. The mud of adversities, challenges and obstacles don't stop her growth, but probably offer the nourishment and strength to rise above that mud. I often think that it's the strong desire, tenacity and perseverance of Lotus flower that must make her so unique in accomplishing way above and beyond the norms; because not everything that grows in the mud turns into an elegant Lotus flower. We must strive to build the same mental strength, perseverance and passion within - so as to grow above the mud of compelling circumstances, hardships, social rejections, and discriminations that we often experience in real world. Then only we will be able to transform into the eloquent Lotus flowers, gently opening our soft splendid petals one by one to make our world most beautiful.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The beautiful body features satisfy sexual feelings; conversely, life satisfaction lies within an elegant character and attitude.

  3. The Commission chief spokesman:

    I think it's more than tasteless that some press try to make an insulting headline by exploiting President Juncker's pain, i don't think this is elegant and I don't think this is fair.

  4. Stuart Seaton:

    The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    A discipline, in thoughts and character, aspires and guides towards the right and accurate direction, for a vigorous and elegant life.

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